Smaller Walmart planned for Henrico’s West End

Posted at 10:23 PM, Mar 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-08 23:15:13-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WTVR)- West Enders packed an auditorium at a Henrico’s Crestview Elementary School Thursday night, not to discuss education but a store, Walmart.

The retail giant is trying, again, to build a store near the corner of Forest Avenue and Glenside Drive in the West End.  That’s the spot where Walmart tried unsuccessfully to build a store several years ago.

This time the proposal is smaller, envisioning a store of less than 90-thousand square feet.  But people living near the site think it will be too close to their homes.  The prospect of a large store worries Jeffry Burden, who helped organize the community gathering.  “The nature of the big box retailer is kind of a mass retail situation, with lots of traffic, lots of heavy volume,” said Burden.  “[They’ll have]  a wide range of products offered, something that really doesn’t fit easily into a specific area that’s mostly residential.”

We’ll keep you posted as plans develop.